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council to deal with emergencies more effectively. >> translator: i want to create an environment where we can properly discuss diplomatic and national security issues on a daily basis from a strategic viewpoint. that will enable us to deal with matters more swiftly and with stronger political leadership. >> abe was speaking friday with members of the council. they will discuss how they should gather and analyze intelligence. >>> a major japanese drugmaker will launch an enterprise that will develop a drug for hard to cure muscular dystrophy. it will receive money from a state backed organization and a private sector venture capital fund. executive executives said the innovation network corporation of japan will invest a total of $17 million in the new entity. the firm is to be launched next month. the executives say they'll develop a drug together with researcheses from kobi institution and other institutions. they aim to put a drug on the market by 2020. muscular dystrophy is one example of a disease that gradually weakens the muscles. the use of government money will attract attention t
representatives of local governments and the environment industry in tokyo met to set up a task force, planning to share information on the problem and discuss preventive measures. ministry officials said they need more observation points to detect minute pollutants called pm 2.5. they are found in exhaust and factory smoke. the ministry is drawing up guidelines on protecting people's health if the density of pm 2.5 rises. >> translator: it's close to china. people there are increasingly concerned about the issue. we want the central government to discuss the matter and clearly show us the results as soon as possible. >> authorities in tokyo and osaka have started to provide pollution data online. >>> naval officers from mainly asian pacific countries have gathered in japan to discuss security it is aimed at promoting mutual understanding in the region. on monday 15 officers took part in an opening ceremony at japan's maritime staff college in tokyo. they represent 15 countries, including japan, the u.s., south korea, china, and australia. the director of the college's research department says
've never drilled together in winter before. south korean leaders believe training in the harsh environment will help them work more closely together. the exercises are scheduled to last until friday of next week. >>> a new commander has taken charge of international forces in afghanistan. he says he's determined to improve the abilities of afghan soldiers before foreign troops pull out. u.s. marine general joseph dunford took charge of the nato-led force in kabul. >> today is not about change. what's not changed is the growing capability of our afghan partners, the afghan national security forces. >> 100,000 soldiers take part in the mission, 66,000 of them from the u.s. most are scheduled to leave afghanistan by the end of next year. 350,000 afghan soldiers and police have taken over the lead role for security across much of the country. but they lack the training of foreign soldiers, and many others resign. some military analysts have questioned whether they will be able to maintain security once foreign troops are gone. >>> students from the south pacific have traveled to northeastern j
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